fredag 14 november 2008


TUPILAK MEMBERS & FRIENDS -- on both sides of the Baltic!

We're pleased to invite you to a winter Nordic/Baltic rainbow human rights &
cultural happening in Stockholm on:

November 30, 2008 Musik Valvet
(Svartmangatan 27 Gamla Stan) 17.00-22.00 meet some of our visiting colleagues from the region (thanks to funding from the Swedish International Development Assistance Baltic Unit in Visby on the island of Gotland) and a few representatives from other organizations working with us to discuss international co-operation and coming projects:

Krakow -- The Turbulent Battle of Flowers -- at the tomb of the homosexual 15th Century King

Helsinki -- The 10th Tribade Day & Night Festival: September 2009 -- with a special focus on Tallinn, St. Petersburg.

Minsk -- Where rainbows are still in chains.

Vilnius -- Where the rainbow flag is still banned.

Visby -- A Nordic/Baltic rainbow human rights & culture festival, July 2009?
Photo/ ill: Willi Reichhold

St. Petersburg
-- Russian Co-operation with Sweden and Finland 2009.

Stockholm -- Nordic Focus on LGBT Nigeria (via the Nordic Rainbow Humanists).

Kristall Nacht -- An international November salute to victims of Nazis/ neo Nazis.

Nordic Rainbow Memorials -- an initiative of ILGCN, Nordic Rainbow Council, Nordic Rainbow Humanists.

Music, Poetry, Art …. Wine and beer at low cost.

No entrance fees for Tupilak members and invited friends.

-- Bill Schiller, Tupilak international secretary and secretary general of the International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network: Information Secretariat - Stockholm


torsdag 9 oktober 2008

ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)
Press Release September 30, 2008

Including Salutes to Uganda, Iran, LGBT Exiles Around the World:
2008 World Cultural Conferences:
Finland, USA

Helsinki/Minneapolis-St. Paul/Stockholm—Art, photos, exhibitions, films, musical performances, seminars and discussions characterized the 1st stage of the 2008 ILGCN world rainbow cultural conference in the Finnish capital – November 14-16, part of the annual Tribade Day & Night Festival.

“We hope that the ILGCN input will also be part of our 10th jubilee festival next year,” says Anne Jaaskelainen, festival director and singer/song-writer, who also received the 2008 “Sowelu” award (for outstanding contributions from women in the Nordic sphere) from the Nordic rainbow cultural workers’ organization, Tupilak -- especially honoring her solidarity performances in Eastern Europe.

“We are really pleased to have our new Russian organization participating in the ILGCN conference, says Polina Savchenko from “Coming Out” –
St. Petersburg, and we hope that a future stage of the ILGCN conference can come to our city.”

The conference also approved a project linking the near-by cities of Stockholm-Helsinki-St- Petersburg for future rainbow cultural events, providing mutual co-operation and solidarity.

Also at the conference, the special ILGCN Nordic award “Arco Nordica” was presented to thenational Finnish LGBT organization, SETA for its support for Tribade festivals and ILGCN activities.
Willi Reichhold, Austria-Sweden
1st ILGCN World Cultural Conference in North America

The 2nd stage of this year’s ILGCN world conference took place at University of Minnesota venues in Minneapolis/St. PaulSeptember 19-21, the first ILGCN event ever in the United States. “We are also pleased to put a brighter spotlight on LGBT history and show the first work of our brand new travelling exhibition on this theme,” says Jean Tretter, secretary general of the ILGCN History Secretariat in Minneapolis/St.Paul.

“We are also proud of the conference’s well-attended, special performance of the LGBT Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra—which also gives great emphasis to playing the works of lesbian and gay classical composers,” Tretter adds.

“Our valuable discussions with the leading organizers of Minneapolis Pride and other activists here convince me that there is a real desire to increase American involvement in our battles on the rainbow barricaded in Eastern Europe and the possibilities that more American Prides will invite some of the courageous representatives from Belarus and other nations where the rainbow is still in chains or under siege,” says Bill Schiller, secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm.

Salute to gay researcher and educator, Magnus Hirschfeldt

“We are proud to announce that this year’s ILGCN “Orfeo Iris” award for essential information work about Nazi and neo Nazi persecution of homosexuals goes jointly to the Minnesota Libraries and the Magnus Hirschfeldt Society in Berlin for their outstanding exhibitions marking the 75th birthday of the pioneering Hirschfeldt’s Sexual Institute in Berlin which was destroyed by the Nazis,” adds Tretter.

“Speaking of history, we are pleased to send a salute to the coming October 31 ILGCN event in Krakow lifting a 15th century Swedish-Polish-Hungarian-Russian ruler into the rainbow spotlight – a ceremony organized by Lukasz Palucki, the secretaray general of the ILGCN Eastern European Secretariat -Warsaw, ( -- also to be attended by our ILGCN Hungarian cultural ambassadors,” says Schiller

“We are also proud to announce that the 2008 “Sappho in Paradise” award goes to Ugandan editor in exile, Kizza Musinguzi and his website -- crucial to an African LGBT community facing violent homophobia,” Schiller adds. “We hope the award diploma will be handed out in London where the Ugandan has found asylum.”

The award honors outstanding contributions to LGBT information, books, libraries and publications – and is co-ordinated both by the ILGCN Information Secretariat and the Paradise Press in London. This is the second time the award goes to Africa – earlier going to the Library Project of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe. At both world conference stages, examples from the Tupilak/ILGCN Travelling Art & Photo Exhibition were displayed -- including works from Norway to Latvia, Russia to Denmark, Sweden to Spain, Finland to Germany, and photos of the ILGCN delegation to Bucharest Pride this year.

LBGT’s in Exile & Violence in Iran Focal Points in Canada

The 3rd stage of this year’s ILGCN world conference will take place in Toronto, Canada November 14-16 – giving special attention to LGBT’s in exile and the brutal situation for homosexuals in Iran. This is the first time an ILGCN event is taking place in Canada.

“We are offering a great program of art work, seminars, films and musical performances,” says Michael Gfroerer, secretary general of the ILGCN North American Secretariat – Toronto (he is also an ILGCN “Orfeo Musica” prize winner). “And of course we welcome other ILGCN cultural ambassadors, co-ordinators as well as other rainbow cultural workers to the gathering.”

The Canadian conference also hopes to follow tradition by confirming new ILGCN ambassadors and co-ordinators as well as next year’s world conference sites. Proposals so far have come from Bucharest, Budapest, St. Petersburg and Istanbul. ILGCN world conferences are traditionally shared by different cities to make it easier for those unable to afford travelling long distances, since the ILGCN has no travel funds for participants.

Supporting the ILGCN Information Secretariat:

onsdag 13 augusti 2008


--- colleagues in the Nordic region on both sides of the Baltic Sea

Thanks to Tupilak and ILGCN members for the great co-operation during our events in Visby (Almedalen) week, July 19 in Stockholm with PositHIVa Gruppen, with ROHS on 26 July at Theater Tribunal and at Galleri Kocks and Musik Valvet in Stockholm July 24-30!!!

Steering Committee
Tupilak Steering Committee meetings in Stockholm are to take place on the first Monday of the month. Check for information on local, change in dates, time, etc.. Members are very welcome in person and through the e-mail with suggestions and proposals. Especially welcome -- colleagues who want to help with future exhibitions, concerts, performances, etc.

ILGCN World Rainbow Cultural Conference Stages
Information on the coming stages in Helsinki, Minneapolis and Toronto are on the ILGCN website. Tupilak members are very welcome to these and future stages with seminars, performances, art work, etc.

TUPILAK & ILGCN Travelling Art & Photography Exhibition
More contributions have come in from the Nordic region and beyond. Additional artists and photographers are also very welcome. The next stops planned for the exhibit will be Helsinki and Minneapolis in September, 2008, Toronto November 2008, and Budapest and Bucharest in 2009.

Membership Drive
If you know other rainbow cultural activists and supporters in the Nordic region who might want to join Tupilak, please contact them and give them our address or let us know and we'll contact them.

With the sharp cutback in state support to all LGBT groups in Sweden, we are more than ever dependent on membership payments.

100 sv. kr. per year post.giro 498 37 67-7

Ganymedes” of Carl Milles, photo by Willi Reichhold

-- Bill Schiller, international secretary

tisdag 22 juli 2008

Rainbow Cultural Festival – focus on Eastern Europe
July 24-30, 2008 12.00 – 18.00
Gallier Kocks Kocksgatan 18 ( Söder) Stockholm
ART & PHOTOS No entrance fee. No dog tags.
(including Tupilak/ILGCN Travelling Art & Photography Exhibit)

  • Eka Papinashvili -- Georgia/Sweden
  • Gun Nordstrand Sweden
  • Yvonne Gerner -- Denmark
  • Timo Sarelmaa – Finland
  • Oyvind Rauset -- Norway
  • Michele Tancredi Italy
  • LukasDaughter Sweden
  • Celsius Junior – Portugal/Brazil
  • TarletzkyBelarus
  • Simon – Macedonia
  • Artur Andrejs -- Latvia
  • Ismao Hyrvinen – Finland
  • Leif Hageson – Sweden
  • Andrius Privetas, Lithuania
  • Willi Reichhold, Austria/Sweden
  • Guest: Paulina – Cuba


Festival Seminars at Galleri Kocks
No entrance fees. No Dog tags Kocksgatan 18.

Friday, July 25

16.00 Tennesee Williams in Sweden -- Dirk Gindt (Benelux/Sweden)
17.00 Rainbow Culture & HIV/AIDS – ILGCN Information Secretariat

Sunday, July 27

16.00 Hungarian Rainbows – Tamás Lovas, Rudolf Balázs (Budapest)
(ILGCN cultural ambassadors – Hungary)
17.00 Nordic Baltic Cultural Co-operation -- Tupiak/ILGCN
18.00 ILGCN Eastern European Secretariat: Poland, Belarus, Ukraine,
etc – secretary general Lukasz Palucki (Warsaw)

Monday, July 28

16.00 Humanists on the LGBT Barricades – Rolf Solheim, (Norway)
17.00 Nordic Rainbow Council Session (2nd session in Helsinki. Sept. 14)
18.00 Rainbow Films & Film Festivals –
Andrejs Visockis, secretary general -- ILGCN Film Secretariat (Riga)

Tuesday, July 29

16.00 Rainbows in Riga: Andrejs Visockis (Mozaika-Latvia), Kjell Rindar (S)
17.00 Nazi & neo Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals –
Colin de la Motte- Sherman, ILGCN-Berlin/ ILGCN Info Secretariat
18.00 Rainbow Culture vs. Nazis and neo Nazis: art, films, drama, music,
literature, homo monuments – ILGCN Info Secretariat

Galleri Kocks Kocksgatan 18 Söder Thursday July 24
No entrance fee

Linus Raudsepp of the Cross -- ‘Martyricum’
Dark Religious Porn– choreography/ instalation 19.00

Continuo Trio (ILGCN cultural ambassadors – Hungary)
20.00 Tamás Lovas, Eszter Sztrákos, Rudolf Baláza


at: Musikvalvet Baggan Svartmangatan 27 Gamla Stan
80 kr. entrance (50 kr. Tupilak members) Friendly-priced wine bar

Sunday July 27
  • Linus Raudsepp Judas Baroque ”Devil Byzantine” 19.00
  • Lukasz Palucki (ILGCN Cultural Ambassador - Poland)
  • Continuo Trio - Budapest 20.00

Monday July 28

  • Melina (Athens) Marlene (Berlin) Lola (Paris) 19.30
  • Continuo Trio -- Budapest. Classical/renaissance music 20.00

lördag 19 juli 2008

Rainbow Focus on Europe

Stockholm Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tupilak, Nordic Rainbow Council, ILGCN

(International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)

join with POSITHIVAGRUPPEN No entrance fee

Tjurbergsgatan 29 (T-ban Skanstull Exit: AllhelgongatanBar with humane prices. Summer patio!

14.00 Video art ”Black & White” – Veronica Lazorenka (Sweden/Ukraine)

14.05 Swedish Helsinki Human Rights Committee in Eastern

Europe -- Robert Hårdhchairman

15.00 Hallongrottan TV – Bitte Andersson (Sweden)

15.45 A reading: APU HIV Positive TheaterAmsterdam

16.00 Film: “Tolerancja – Krakow” – Dianne Voxenbrant (Polish/ Swedish)

16.30 PositHIVa Gruppen in Sweden, Baltics – Hans Nilssonchairman

17.15 Rainbow Culture vs. HIV/AIDS -- Bill Schiller ILGCN Info Secretariat

17.30 Tribade Day & Night FestivalHelsinki – Anne Jaaskelainen

18.00 ART-L: 

movement, music, textAnna (Sweden), Timo(Finland)

18.30 Film: “They Still Smile” -- Irina Sislova (Belarus)

19.00 ILGCN world cultural conferences: Helsinki, Minneapolis, etc.

19.15 Linus Raudsepp: ”Witness Protection”-- pain at the pump & tears of triumph

19.30 Music & song – Anne Jaasekelianen, (Finland)

Tupilak/ILGCN Travelling Art & Photography Exhibit

måndag 9 juni 2008


Success for the May 17 IDAHO DAY
(International Day Against Homophobia) at Hallongrottan in Stockholm - joining colleagues carrying out demonstrations, cultural events, happenings, etc.    

Special guest: Andrejs Visockis from Riga, on HIV/AIDS and films.

(Future *Rainbow Culture & HIV/AIDS* events with other groups in the planning.)



Visby - Nordic and Baltic Rainbow Co-operation   July 6-12, 2008.

Tupilak members are welcome to take part in the discussions, stage presentations, art exhibit at the International Square.


Stockholm -- Nordic Co-operation on Baltic Barricades - July 18-19, 2008

Seminars, discussions, performances, film screenings, poetry, art/photo exhibit.  Södra Teatern and other venues.

Tupilak members are welcome to join and help out!


Tupilak Art & Photo Exhibit -  Gallery Kocks July 24-30, 2008.

(on the sidelines of Stockholm Pride)

   (Nordic Tupilak artists interested in contributing?  Contact .

 Also to incude some works from the Travelling Tupilak/ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) Art & Photography Exhibition, just coming from Bucharest.



 Stockholm -- Swedish-Romanian Rainbow Cuiltural Festival



 Stockholm --   Winter Solstice Rainbow Cultural Festival

måndag 12 maj 2008

Regnbågskultur…. RAINBOW CULTURE & HIV/AIDS on IDAHO Day (International Day Against Homophobia)

Hallongrottan (Bergsundsgatan 25 -- Stockholm Hornstull)

Lördagen,  Saturday May, 17, 17.00-19.00, 2008

Musik, film, konst, teater, diskussion - med Östersjö Perspektiv! Baltic Perspective!

Special guest: Andrejs Visockis of the Latvian LGBT organization Mozaika and the International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network Film & Film Festival Secretariat - Riga. Discussing HIV/AIDS in such films as: "Zero Patience"

"The Magic Mandela" - video art of Angelo of Italy

Eka Papinashivili, Tomas Näslund, artists

"Execution Drums" - Peter Fröberg

"Bo Jangles & the Angel"- AIDS monologue from an American prison

Readings from APU (AIDS Underground Theater-Amsterdam)

Timo Saarelma, Finland, etc. from the Tupilak /ILGCN Travelling Art & Photography Exhibit


Tupilak's "Thor's Hammer " -- this year honoring work combating discrimination based on HIV/AIDS

Organized by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers)

ILGCN Information Secretariat - Stockholm

Nordic Rainbow Council

Nordic Rainbow Humanists 

måndag 24 mars 2008




Our theme for the 2007 IDAHO  (International Day Against Homophobia)   May 17, 2007  is the use of rainbow culture to combat ignorance, invisibility and homophobia concerning HIV and AIDS.  Art, music, theater, film, performances.  


Anyone interested in joining us on stage, with art, or helping out?






Tupilak and Nordic colleagues are invited to join Romanian LGBT colleagues in Bucharest May 19-25, 2007!  Poets, artists, musicians, film makers, performers and others are very welcome!


At the same time, we're planning a Swedish-Romanian LGBT Rainbow Culture Festival in Stockholm -- perhaps in October, 2007.   Those interested should contact us!!






Interested in joining us for a festival including seminars, discussions, art, music, performances, films etc. about the human rights battles on the rainbow barriers in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus.   Let us know if you'd like to be with us on stage, with art exhibititions, or helping out?





Tupilak members from the entire Nordic region -- artists and photographers -- very welcome to join our annual art exhibit in Stockholm, on the sidelines of Europride - Stockholm at the end of July.  Join us..?  Contact us.

tisdag 11 mars 2008




at HALLONGROTTAN  (Bergsundsgatan 25)

17.00    Sunday   March 16, 2008

söndagen, 16  mars, 2008   T-bana Hornstull (mot vattnett!) Stockholm

Open to all!  Nordic visitors especially welcome!

Meet the new steering committee.

Discuss new ideas!

P.S. A reminder to those who haven't paid their 100 kr. annual membership fee!  Please pay as soon as possible.  Your support helps  us to carry out projects in the Nordic region and together with colleagues in Eastern Europe!

torsdag 7 februari 2008

Tupilak Calling

Bilden är Hallongrottans logotype.
Årsmöte på HALLONGROTTAN  (Bergsundsgatan 25
17.00   söndagen, 2 mars, 2008   T-ban Hornstull (mot vatten!) Stockholm
Ett kortmöte med tilbaka blick om 2007, val av ny styrelse och en blick framåt: nordiska arbetet, nordisk-baltisk solidäritet, samarbetet med kolleger i Bucharest och Istanbul, och fortsatt samarbete med Nordic Rainbow Council, International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network and the Nordic Rainbow Humanists.
Vin och ost (kostnadspris).   Regnbågs musik, poesi och konst!
Yearly meeting at HALLONGROTTAN (Bergsundsgatan 25)
17.00   Sunday, March 2, 2008       T-ban Hornstulls (towards the water!)  Stockholm
A short meeting looking back at 2007, electing a new steering committee and a look ahead at 2008 -- including Nordic events, Nordic-Baltic solidarity, work with collegues in Bucharest and Istanbul and continued co-operation with the Nordic Rainbow Council, the International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network and Nordic Rainbow Humanists.
Wine and cheese (at cost price).   Rainbow music, poetry and art.

söndag 6 januari 2008


PRESS RELEASE               January 3, 2008
"Blue Baltic" Festival to Link Swedish Capital with Cities in Nordic/Baltic Neighbors
   Stockholm --  Tupilak, the Nordic organization of LGBT cultural workers in the Nordic area, is launching this year with special emphasis on co-operation projects in Sweden and in our Nordic and Baltic neighbors -- promoting the use of rainbow culture as a powerful weapon against homophobia, provincially and silence.
    "We're adopting the excellent Polish idea of concrete East-West co-operation by launching the "Blue Baltic" happening " -- in Stockholm on July 19 at Södra Teatern (a week before EuroPride here) together with two cities in countries on the eastern shores of the Baltic -- pledging to increase mutual participation in each other's events.  It had been hoped in vain that Europride organizers would adopt this concept to share the spotlight with Eastern European colleagues -- and maybe this may one day happen," says Tupilak chairman Bill Schiller, also general secretary of the ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) Information Secretariat - Stockholm. "We have nothing against launching the idea on a smaller, less prestigious  scale."
 AIDS in Rainbow Culture: Baltic Spotlights and Shadows
    Tupilak, the ILGCN, the Nordic Rainbow Council and the Nordic Rainbow Humanists are also planning a special cultural festival in connection with this year's  May 17 IDAHO (The International Day Against Homophobia) in Stockholm -- with seminars, drama, poetry, photography, music, song and dance. The aim is to help   illustrate how HIV and AIDS have been reflected -- or ignored -- in cultural life of the Nordic and Baltic region, and how rainbow culture can be better used to promote safer sex and responsibility -- especially where HIV has reached epidemic proportions in some of Sweden's eastern neighbors across the Baltic Sea.

Swedish and Polish participants at Equality Days In Poznan

     Tupilak is also planning to send delegates, the travelling Tupilak/ILGCN art exhibit and films to Prides and other events in the region -- especially in the East,  as well as with other "partners" in Eastern Europe such as Romania, with a Nordic-Romanian rainbow festival in Stockholm and in Bucharest during the year.  The special relationship with colleagues in Belarus -- the homophobic and last East European dictatorship.    
     "We are attending the Nordic-Baltic conference in Warsaw February 7-10 hoping to check out what progress has been made int eh many recommendations made at the meeting in Gothenburg last September  for increasing co-operation,"  Schiller adds.  "We'll also try to attend the ILGCN world cultural conference stages in Helsinki  on September 14 (part of the Tribade Days & Nights Festival) and Minneapolis/St. Paul September 19-21.
     Tupilak's November 9 "Kristal Nacht" event  -- held in Stockholm earlier and in other Baltic cities  -- focusing on Nazi and neo Nazi persecution of homosexuals is searching for a new host city, while Tupilak's annual  Moonbow art exhibit and the winter solstice festival are again booked for the Swedish capital.
     "Of course, we'll be handing out our annual Tupilak, ILGCN, and other awards during the year to honor outstanding achievements in the world of rainbow culture and international human rights, "Schiller concludes.  "We hope we also see a boost in new members among cultural workers and those who support rainbow culture -- since the 100 kronor membership fee and the moral support really helps a small organization like ours cross international and psychological barriers."